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Old 05-24-2013, 09:31 AM   #1
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10a 3 piece hard top

I'm buying a 10a unlimited that is coming with just the premium soft top. I will want to get the mopar 3 piece hard top at some point. Is that just something I can get later, or is a difference in the truck (wiring for wiper, defroster, etc) that will make it harder than just purchasing a hard top after the fact?

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I'm buying a 10a unlimited that is coming with just the premium soft top. I will want to get the mopar 3 piece hard top at some point. Is that just something I can get later, or is a difference in the truck (wiring for wiper, defroster, etc) that will make it harder than just purchasing a hard top after the fact?

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Much cheaper and easier to do it now if you can swing it. Hardtops are $2300 plus new and then you have to add the kit for defrost/wiper.

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The jeep will not be wired or have the plumbing for the rear wiper/washer if not ordered with the hard top. Also the dual top group ordered at purchase is cheaper than buying piece by piece after the fact.

To add the hard top later, besides the shipping cost, you will need the wiring harness and associated rear washer parts to make these items functional. The only way to avoid the exorbitant shipping on something of this size is to purchase through the dealer, then you have the dealer mark up to pay.

Pay up front for the dual top group, or pay even more later to have both tops and everything functioning. You'll alo have to dis-assemble a large part of the interior to route the harness and plumbing on a vehicle which wasn't equipped with the hard top.
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You'd likely be way ahead to buy new with the 3 piece hard top and add a soft top later. Many more of those available aftermarket at a fraction of the cost. Like jdambm mentioned, you're looking at $2,300+ to buy a hard top. You can snoop around Craigslist and possibly find one for sale at a better price, but you're definitely better to go the reverse route you're considering.
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You would also have to add the proper control stalk to the steering column for the rear wiper control.
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Much cheaper and easier to do it now if you can swing it. Hardtops are $2300 plus new and then you have to add the kit for defrost/wiper.

Yeah this ^^^^^^^^^

by the time you're ALL done you're looking at probably $3,000 for the hard top and all thats involved....
If you go Dual tops from the factory, instead of Just soft top, it'll run you $1,800 or about $25 / month in your payment...
Unless you are getting a screamin' deal on that 10A(which is unlikely) or you absolutely have to have it NOW... i'd say be patient, get one with bothe tops... order one exactly how you want it, you'll probbaly get it in about 5-6 weeks
ONE OTHER OPTION might be...tell the salesman you'll do the deal if he gets you the hard top and wiring / pluming..for $1,800 the same that the option would cost from factory... Maybe a long shot...but, as they say, you miss every shot you don't take...
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Thanks...that's what I figured. I wanted to buy one with the dual top option...but not many around to choose from! I can still back out of this one.
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I know it was mentioned, but dual top isn't your only option. Starting with the hard top is the most cost effective way to go and adding a soft top later is very easy. Depending on where you are, finding one from someone who ordered dual tops and only run the hard top is pretty easy.
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Depends on your part of the country. I bought the soft top knowing that it would be down most of the time. I originally planned on buying a hard top, but now I don't think I will. The premium soft top is quiet and does a pretty good job of keeping the elements out. Jeep heaters will almost cook you so that has never been a problem. Now I am glad I stuck with the original idea of not getting the hard top.
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Much cheaper and easier to do it now if you can swing it. Hardtops are $2300 plus new and then you have to add the kit for defrost/wiper.
Not always. Ive bought 2. 1 brand new take off that never left a dealer lot for $1300 and 1 used for $500. They tend to be much cheaper to buy used even compared to dual tops. They usually don't sell on Craigslist if listed at more than $1500.

All you have to do is get the $150 kit, install it yourself and get the computer flashed for $50 to accept it. $200 to get it wired isn't horrible
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As mentioned, MUCH better to get the dual top option if possible (cheaper and less aggrevation).
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Go with the hardtop or dual tops.

It is MUCH easier to add a soft top later.
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Agree with the above. If your pickings are slim, find a hardtop only version, and add a soft top later. Doing it the other way around will cost a lot more.

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